GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading

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  • So lovely and VERY WELL attended to. I'd suggest to anyone and everyone. The place so quaint for such an occasion.  more »
  • This is a truly great place to spend time and enjoy history as you walk the halls and imagine the building in its production days and see what it has been repurposed into this great artist and communi...  more »
  • We lucked out upon arrival, a very chatty glass artist was eager to show us around, he explained what types of mediums are used in producing the pieces on display. There was a lot of seasonal glass at...  more »
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  • My five-year-old son and I went here on a school outing recently. I have not enjoyed a guided tour as much as I did this one in a long time. Being at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts had a profound impact on both of us. In the Ceramics Studio the artists showed us live demonstrations and they spoke to us about their work and artistic perceptions. In the hot glass blowing Studio we watched, enraptured, as an artist worked expertly to create a vase from molten glass. It was one of the most unique experiences! As the tour continued we enjoyed perusing art collections displayed on the main floor, walking the upper levels of the building to see where artists rent space for personal studios, and learning about the rich, hardy history of the factory since its conception a long time ago. Our tour guide was phenomenal. She herself was a true artist who was very kind and gentle with our group. I was traveling with my five year old son. She expertly encouraged him to think about art in elementary yet serious ways that his innocent mind could understand. She had this affect on me as well. Upon leaving the GoggleWorks my son and I were satisfied. I have continued to be inspired by this visit weeks after it took place. The artists imparted a respect for the trade. Our interactions with them and their various art forms made us realize what good art does. It encourages mankind to think and to feel. It provokes people to respect beauty and life. Art inspires! We're so grateful for the time we spent here. I highly recommend taking a guided tour if you have that opportunity. The center is brimming with inspiration and good people.
  • Everything was perfect! The staff, from front office to maintenance were extremely kind, friendly and helpful. I couldn't have chose a better place to hold the babyshower! Very friendly correspondence with Margaret, our event coordinator who was always available to answer my questions. You truly rock at your job! Thanks GoggleWorks!!
  • I hate to use idioms but the Goggleworks is truly a hidden gem waiting to be discovered! We have taken many classes there and they all are outstanding. My artistic talent is in the area of maybe being able to draw a straight line, yet, in each class the instructor did their best to insure I left the class with a new skill and better understanding of the topic. The intimate experience of their movie theater is wonderful. It is so nice to have a local venue to view films previously unavailable in the area. The artists in residence are open for visits giving you that personal insight to artistic creativity. The staff is very helpful and the positive attitude is refreshing. One warning to the guys: they have a wonderful gift shop; if you are with your significant other, be prepared to spend some money or wait a long time while they shop!
  • Flacalove83 Mendez Edited · 21 minutes ago the issue is that my 15 year old daughter was denied for the after school program based on her disability they said that they don’t have the accommodation for her and they have to keep moving up and that she won’t be able to keep up with the classes. They haven’t seen my child to say that in my opinion not because I’m the mother but I think she still will learn and explore like any other child I spoke with her and I told them that’s discrimination. I will bring my child in tomorrow but if it’s an issue for them I rather not if they not going to treat her fairly. It’s my first time with them I was so excited that my kids would learning and developing new skills and if they like it I’ll pay for classes. Thanks for destroying hopes and dreams
  • A real gem to the area. I love the art exhibits that are always unique and interesting. An overall lovely place to spend 1-2 hours at.
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